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Beauty in the Unexpected: Asylum Turned Dining Destination

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The traveler in me always loves finding restaurants in unexpected places. My favorite find of the past few months? The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. This historic building in Traverse City, Michigan, is a mental hospital turned retail and dining destination. Sound, er, interesting? Its past is most certainly that, but the beauty is captivating. The centerpiece of this multi-building campus is a large main building composed of a creamy, beige brick, like the kind you’d find on one of the most beautiful college campus in America. The asylum was nearly torn down in early 2000, but now it thrives as a gathering place for locals and visitors alike.

“It would be easy simply to say that the Commons is our ‘Central Park’ not just a place where Traverse City residents and visitors shop and dine, but a vibrant urban forest where we hike, stroll, cycle and relax. But the truth is deeper than that,” says Mike Norton, media relations director at Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The Commons gives us a depth – historically and culturally—that many resort communities lack. It’s not simply the town’s most distinguished architectural treasure; it’s also a vital reminder of a history that we nearly forgot.”

And while the historical property is quite modern, it also maintains a charming, old school style to it.

One highlight of the grounds is urban winery Left Foot Charley. Left Foot Charley is a gorgeous, free-standing building just steps from the main building that was the former laundry of the asylum. Guests can eat alfresco on the patio or dine in a light-filled main room complete with a bar and a handful of tables. The winery hosted me and a few other travel writers early this summer, and we tasted some of their finest goods in the back of brewery. This spot works with 18 Northern Michigan wineries to produce wines that showcase what the area has to offer. You’ll want to have a white wine—even if you don’t want to make the trip out to a winery—when you’re in Northern Michigan as the offerings are exceptional. The Rieslings I had were all very good, but if sweet vino isn’t your thing, opt for a Pinot Gris or Pinot Blanc. If wine isn’t your thing, try the hard cider. One notable blend here is the Cinnamon Girl Hard Cider. This was a little too strong for my tastes, but might be a perfect beverage to help drinkers usher in fall. Diners here can enjoy small bites like sandwiches here too.

Next up, we were escorted to a restaurant located inside the Commons after a brief tour of the building. If I lived in Traverse City, this would be one of my favorite places. The Commons has gorgeous communal spaces that are used for weddings or receptions in addition to small shops that are somewhat underground. Italian restaurant Pepenero hosted us for the night. And I fell I love with this spot. It’s all brick and decked out with black and white photos of old-school Italian films like La Dolce Vita. I bet this restaurant sees plenty of proposals; it’s that classy.

The ultra fresh caprese salad was beautifully plated and even drizzled with balsamic that spelled out the name of the restaurant. My four cheese ravioli was hearty and topped with a spicy mushroom ragu. At five pieces, it was just filling enough. To cap off this perfect meal, I had an affogato that was so good I wish I was still tasting it. The creamy whipped cream was topped with espresso beans and layered on top of bitter espresso balanced out by cool vanilla gelati. It was dreamy.

Teresa K. Tobat is a travel writer and editor based out of the Washington, D.C. area. View her website at teresaktobat.com. Follow her tweets @ttobat88.


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“Athena’s cooking is as stylish as she is—if only I could dress as good as she cooks.”

—Laura Brown, editor in chief of InStyle

“There’s a reason we all snap photos of our food these days—it’s gorgeous. Or at least it should be. Just follow Athena Calderone, who proves that simple, delicious dishes can look as good as they taste.’

— Adam Rapport, editor in chief of Bon Appétit

“I love how Athena always sees the beauty in food. It’s a treat to have an entire book that reflects her amazing vision—and one that’s filled with so many incredible recipes.”

—Kerry Diamond, editorial director of Cherry Bombe

“I’ve always admired Athena as a friend and visionary. Her balance and focus on ingredients make her so good at what she does, and now they’ve finally come together so perfectly in this book. She sure can cook beautiful!”

—Dan Kluger, James Beard Award–nominated chef and owner of Loring Place

“We’ve all swooned over Athena Calderone’s impeccable style, and now she shares her secrets to making her food—and table—so gorgeous. The inspiring tips in Cook Beautiful will help you create a feast for the eyes, so you can entertain on an entirely new level.”

—Christine Muhlke, editor at large, Bon Appétit

“Athena has the Midas touch: Give her simple ingredients and she will create elegant, memorable meals that are familiar but flawless. She understands the art of cooking beautifully, and the food in her mouthwatering manifesto is truly gold.”

—Daphne Oz, bestselling author, cohost of The Chew

“This book is the closest thing to dining at Athena’s home, an experience I cherish as it’s always full of laughter, beauty, and incredible food. In Cook Beautiful, Athena thoughtfully guides readers through the seasons and shows how a little effort in entertaining can create truly special memories.”

—Nate Berkus, interior designer, product designer, and bestselling author

“In Cook Beautiful, Athena Calderone unites her twin passions of cooking and styling. Her glorious food takes on a magnificent, almost otherworldly, loveliness through an extraordinary use of color, shape, and texture. After studying every picture, I’m ready to replicate it myself!”

—Dana Cowin, journalist and former editor in chief of Food & Wine Magazine

“Cook Beautiful is a stunning reminder to look at our plates and market baskets with fresh eyes and an appreciation for the bounty of each season. Athena’s thoughtful kitchen insight and artful approach lure you with every recipe. I dare you to resist her call to get cooking!”

—Gail Simmons, food critic, TV host, and author of Bringing It Home

“Athena’s warmth, curiosity, and beauty are effortlessly translated into everything she creates, making our mouths water and eyes swoon in Cook Beautiful!”

—Carolyn Murphy, supermodel and Shinola creative consultant

“In Cook Beautiful, Athena teaches aspiring home chefs how to prepare meals that are not only beautiful, but also nourishing for the body and soul.”

—Lauren Bush, CEO and founder of FEED

“Style and beauty are what Athena brings to anything she does. She is one of these magicians that make you wonder how it’s done, but then she’s also the great friend who will explain to you how to do it. And you’re like ‘I can’t believe it was that simple!’—the nature of inspiration, in other words!”

— Garance Doré, bestselling author and illustrator

“Athena’s delicate modern take on design shines through all she does and particularly in her culinary efforts. I love Cook Beautiful — it’s full of unexpected but delicious ingredient profiles and colorful veggie options.


Beauty in the Unexpected: Asylum Turned Dining Destination - Recipes

“Athena’s cooking is as stylish as she is—if only I could dress as good as she cooks.”

—Laura Brown, editor in chief of InStyle

“There’s a reason we all snap photos of our food these days—it’s gorgeous. Or at least it should be. Just follow Athena Calderone, who proves that simple, delicious dishes can look as good as they taste.’

— Adam Rapport, editor in chief of Bon Appétit

“I love how Athena always sees the beauty in food. It’s a treat to have an entire book that reflects her amazing vision—and one that’s filled with so many incredible recipes.”

—Kerry Diamond, editorial director of Cherry Bombe

“I’ve always admired Athena as a friend and visionary. Her balance and focus on ingredients make her so good at what she does, and now they’ve finally come together so perfectly in this book. She sure can cook beautiful!”

—Dan Kluger, James Beard Award–nominated chef and owner of Loring Place

“We’ve all swooned over Athena Calderone’s impeccable style, and now she shares her secrets to making her food—and table—so gorgeous. The inspiring tips in Cook Beautiful will help you create a feast for the eyes, so you can entertain on an entirely new level.”

—Christine Muhlke, editor at large, Bon Appétit

“Athena has the Midas touch: Give her simple ingredients and she will create elegant, memorable meals that are familiar but flawless. She understands the art of cooking beautifully, and the food in her mouthwatering manifesto is truly gold.”

—Daphne Oz, bestselling author, cohost of The Chew

“This book is the closest thing to dining at Athena’s home, an experience I cherish as it’s always full of laughter, beauty, and incredible food. In Cook Beautiful, Athena thoughtfully guides readers through the seasons and shows how a little effort in entertaining can create truly special memories.”

—Nate Berkus, interior designer, product designer, and bestselling author

“In Cook Beautiful, Athena Calderone unites her twin passions of cooking and styling. Her glorious food takes on a magnificent, almost otherworldly, loveliness through an extraordinary use of color, shape, and texture. After studying every picture, I’m ready to replicate it myself!”

—Dana Cowin, journalist and former editor in chief of Food & Wine Magazine

“Cook Beautiful is a stunning reminder to look at our plates and market baskets with fresh eyes and an appreciation for the bounty of each season. Athena’s thoughtful kitchen insight and artful approach lure you with every recipe. I dare you to resist her call to get cooking!”

—Gail Simmons, food critic, TV host, and author of Bringing It Home

“Athena’s warmth, curiosity, and beauty are effortlessly translated into everything she creates, making our mouths water and eyes swoon in Cook Beautiful!”

—Carolyn Murphy, supermodel and Shinola creative consultant

“In Cook Beautiful, Athena teaches aspiring home chefs how to prepare meals that are not only beautiful, but also nourishing for the body and soul.”

—Lauren Bush, CEO and founder of FEED

“Style and beauty are what Athena brings to anything she does. She is one of these magicians that make you wonder how it’s done, but then she’s also the great friend who will explain to you how to do it. And you’re like ‘I can’t believe it was that simple!’—the nature of inspiration, in other words!”

— Garance Doré, bestselling author and illustrator

“Athena’s delicate modern take on design shines through all she does and particularly in her culinary efforts. I love Cook Beautiful — it’s full of unexpected but delicious ingredient profiles and colorful veggie options.


Beauty in the Unexpected: Asylum Turned Dining Destination - Recipes

“Athena’s cooking is as stylish as she is—if only I could dress as good as she cooks.”

—Laura Brown, editor in chief of InStyle

“There’s a reason we all snap photos of our food these days—it’s gorgeous. Or at least it should be. Just follow Athena Calderone, who proves that simple, delicious dishes can look as good as they taste.’

— Adam Rapport, editor in chief of Bon Appétit

“I love how Athena always sees the beauty in food. It’s a treat to have an entire book that reflects her amazing vision—and one that’s filled with so many incredible recipes.”

—Kerry Diamond, editorial director of Cherry Bombe

“I’ve always admired Athena as a friend and visionary. Her balance and focus on ingredients make her so good at what she does, and now they’ve finally come together so perfectly in this book. She sure can cook beautiful!”

—Dan Kluger, James Beard Award–nominated chef and owner of Loring Place

“We’ve all swooned over Athena Calderone’s impeccable style, and now she shares her secrets to making her food—and table—so gorgeous. The inspiring tips in Cook Beautiful will help you create a feast for the eyes, so you can entertain on an entirely new level.”

—Christine Muhlke, editor at large, Bon Appétit

“Athena has the Midas touch: Give her simple ingredients and she will create elegant, memorable meals that are familiar but flawless. She understands the art of cooking beautifully, and the food in her mouthwatering manifesto is truly gold.”

—Daphne Oz, bestselling author, cohost of The Chew

“This book is the closest thing to dining at Athena’s home, an experience I cherish as it’s always full of laughter, beauty, and incredible food. In Cook Beautiful, Athena thoughtfully guides readers through the seasons and shows how a little effort in entertaining can create truly special memories.”

—Nate Berkus, interior designer, product designer, and bestselling author

“In Cook Beautiful, Athena Calderone unites her twin passions of cooking and styling. Her glorious food takes on a magnificent, almost otherworldly, loveliness through an extraordinary use of color, shape, and texture. After studying every picture, I’m ready to replicate it myself!”

—Dana Cowin, journalist and former editor in chief of Food & Wine Magazine

“Cook Beautiful is a stunning reminder to look at our plates and market baskets with fresh eyes and an appreciation for the bounty of each season. Athena’s thoughtful kitchen insight and artful approach lure you with every recipe. I dare you to resist her call to get cooking!”

—Gail Simmons, food critic, TV host, and author of Bringing It Home

“Athena’s warmth, curiosity, and beauty are effortlessly translated into everything she creates, making our mouths water and eyes swoon in Cook Beautiful!”

—Carolyn Murphy, supermodel and Shinola creative consultant

“In Cook Beautiful, Athena teaches aspiring home chefs how to prepare meals that are not only beautiful, but also nourishing for the body and soul.”

—Lauren Bush, CEO and founder of FEED

“Style and beauty are what Athena brings to anything she does. She is one of these magicians that make you wonder how it’s done, but then she’s also the great friend who will explain to you how to do it. And you’re like ‘I can’t believe it was that simple!’—the nature of inspiration, in other words!”

— Garance Doré, bestselling author and illustrator

“Athena’s delicate modern take on design shines through all she does and particularly in her culinary efforts. I love Cook Beautiful — it’s full of unexpected but delicious ingredient profiles and colorful veggie options.


Beauty in the Unexpected: Asylum Turned Dining Destination - Recipes

“Athena’s cooking is as stylish as she is—if only I could dress as good as she cooks.”

—Laura Brown, editor in chief of InStyle

“There’s a reason we all snap photos of our food these days—it’s gorgeous. Or at least it should be. Just follow Athena Calderone, who proves that simple, delicious dishes can look as good as they taste.’

— Adam Rapport, editor in chief of Bon Appétit

“I love how Athena always sees the beauty in food. It’s a treat to have an entire book that reflects her amazing vision—and one that’s filled with so many incredible recipes.”

—Kerry Diamond, editorial director of Cherry Bombe

“I’ve always admired Athena as a friend and visionary. Her balance and focus on ingredients make her so good at what she does, and now they’ve finally come together so perfectly in this book. She sure can cook beautiful!”

—Dan Kluger, James Beard Award–nominated chef and owner of Loring Place

“We’ve all swooned over Athena Calderone’s impeccable style, and now she shares her secrets to making her food—and table—so gorgeous. The inspiring tips in Cook Beautiful will help you create a feast for the eyes, so you can entertain on an entirely new level.”

—Christine Muhlke, editor at large, Bon Appétit

“Athena has the Midas touch: Give her simple ingredients and she will create elegant, memorable meals that are familiar but flawless. She understands the art of cooking beautifully, and the food in her mouthwatering manifesto is truly gold.”

—Daphne Oz, bestselling author, cohost of The Chew

“This book is the closest thing to dining at Athena’s home, an experience I cherish as it’s always full of laughter, beauty, and incredible food. In Cook Beautiful, Athena thoughtfully guides readers through the seasons and shows how a little effort in entertaining can create truly special memories.”

—Nate Berkus, interior designer, product designer, and bestselling author

“In Cook Beautiful, Athena Calderone unites her twin passions of cooking and styling. Her glorious food takes on a magnificent, almost otherworldly, loveliness through an extraordinary use of color, shape, and texture. After studying every picture, I’m ready to replicate it myself!”

—Dana Cowin, journalist and former editor in chief of Food & Wine Magazine

“Cook Beautiful is a stunning reminder to look at our plates and market baskets with fresh eyes and an appreciation for the bounty of each season. Athena’s thoughtful kitchen insight and artful approach lure you with every recipe. I dare you to resist her call to get cooking!”

—Gail Simmons, food critic, TV host, and author of Bringing It Home

“Athena’s warmth, curiosity, and beauty are effortlessly translated into everything she creates, making our mouths water and eyes swoon in Cook Beautiful!”

—Carolyn Murphy, supermodel and Shinola creative consultant

“In Cook Beautiful, Athena teaches aspiring home chefs how to prepare meals that are not only beautiful, but also nourishing for the body and soul.”

—Lauren Bush, CEO and founder of FEED

“Style and beauty are what Athena brings to anything she does. She is one of these magicians that make you wonder how it’s done, but then she’s also the great friend who will explain to you how to do it. And you’re like ‘I can’t believe it was that simple!’—the nature of inspiration, in other words!”

— Garance Doré, bestselling author and illustrator

“Athena’s delicate modern take on design shines through all she does and particularly in her culinary efforts. I love Cook Beautiful — it’s full of unexpected but delicious ingredient profiles and colorful veggie options.


Beauty in the Unexpected: Asylum Turned Dining Destination - Recipes

“Athena’s cooking is as stylish as she is—if only I could dress as good as she cooks.”

—Laura Brown, editor in chief of InStyle

“There’s a reason we all snap photos of our food these days—it’s gorgeous. Or at least it should be. Just follow Athena Calderone, who proves that simple, delicious dishes can look as good as they taste.’

— Adam Rapport, editor in chief of Bon Appétit

“I love how Athena always sees the beauty in food. It’s a treat to have an entire book that reflects her amazing vision—and one that’s filled with so many incredible recipes.”

—Kerry Diamond, editorial director of Cherry Bombe

“I’ve always admired Athena as a friend and visionary. Her balance and focus on ingredients make her so good at what she does, and now they’ve finally come together so perfectly in this book. She sure can cook beautiful!”

—Dan Kluger, James Beard Award–nominated chef and owner of Loring Place

“We’ve all swooned over Athena Calderone’s impeccable style, and now she shares her secrets to making her food—and table—so gorgeous. The inspiring tips in Cook Beautiful will help you create a feast for the eyes, so you can entertain on an entirely new level.”

—Christine Muhlke, editor at large, Bon Appétit

“Athena has the Midas touch: Give her simple ingredients and she will create elegant, memorable meals that are familiar but flawless. She understands the art of cooking beautifully, and the food in her mouthwatering manifesto is truly gold.”

—Daphne Oz, bestselling author, cohost of The Chew

“This book is the closest thing to dining at Athena’s home, an experience I cherish as it’s always full of laughter, beauty, and incredible food. In Cook Beautiful, Athena thoughtfully guides readers through the seasons and shows how a little effort in entertaining can create truly special memories.”

—Nate Berkus, interior designer, product designer, and bestselling author

“In Cook Beautiful, Athena Calderone unites her twin passions of cooking and styling. Her glorious food takes on a magnificent, almost otherworldly, loveliness through an extraordinary use of color, shape, and texture. After studying every picture, I’m ready to replicate it myself!”

—Dana Cowin, journalist and former editor in chief of Food & Wine Magazine

“Cook Beautiful is a stunning reminder to look at our plates and market baskets with fresh eyes and an appreciation for the bounty of each season. Athena’s thoughtful kitchen insight and artful approach lure you with every recipe. I dare you to resist her call to get cooking!”

—Gail Simmons, food critic, TV host, and author of Bringing It Home

“Athena’s warmth, curiosity, and beauty are effortlessly translated into everything she creates, making our mouths water and eyes swoon in Cook Beautiful!”

—Carolyn Murphy, supermodel and Shinola creative consultant

“In Cook Beautiful, Athena teaches aspiring home chefs how to prepare meals that are not only beautiful, but also nourishing for the body and soul.”

—Lauren Bush, CEO and founder of FEED

“Style and beauty are what Athena brings to anything she does. She is one of these magicians that make you wonder how it’s done, but then she’s also the great friend who will explain to you how to do it. And you’re like ‘I can’t believe it was that simple!’—the nature of inspiration, in other words!”

— Garance Doré, bestselling author and illustrator

“Athena’s delicate modern take on design shines through all she does and particularly in her culinary efforts. I love Cook Beautiful — it’s full of unexpected but delicious ingredient profiles and colorful veggie options.


Beauty in the Unexpected: Asylum Turned Dining Destination - Recipes

“Athena’s cooking is as stylish as she is—if only I could dress as good as she cooks.”

—Laura Brown, editor in chief of InStyle

“There’s a reason we all snap photos of our food these days—it’s gorgeous. Or at least it should be. Just follow Athena Calderone, who proves that simple, delicious dishes can look as good as they taste.’

— Adam Rapport, editor in chief of Bon Appétit

“I love how Athena always sees the beauty in food. It’s a treat to have an entire book that reflects her amazing vision—and one that’s filled with so many incredible recipes.”

—Kerry Diamond, editorial director of Cherry Bombe

“I’ve always admired Athena as a friend and visionary. Her balance and focus on ingredients make her so good at what she does, and now they’ve finally come together so perfectly in this book. She sure can cook beautiful!”

—Dan Kluger, James Beard Award–nominated chef and owner of Loring Place

“We’ve all swooned over Athena Calderone’s impeccable style, and now she shares her secrets to making her food—and table—so gorgeous. The inspiring tips in Cook Beautiful will help you create a feast for the eyes, so you can entertain on an entirely new level.”

—Christine Muhlke, editor at large, Bon Appétit

“Athena has the Midas touch: Give her simple ingredients and she will create elegant, memorable meals that are familiar but flawless. She understands the art of cooking beautifully, and the food in her mouthwatering manifesto is truly gold.”

—Daphne Oz, bestselling author, cohost of The Chew

“This book is the closest thing to dining at Athena’s home, an experience I cherish as it’s always full of laughter, beauty, and incredible food. In Cook Beautiful, Athena thoughtfully guides readers through the seasons and shows how a little effort in entertaining can create truly special memories.”

—Nate Berkus, interior designer, product designer, and bestselling author

“In Cook Beautiful, Athena Calderone unites her twin passions of cooking and styling. Her glorious food takes on a magnificent, almost otherworldly, loveliness through an extraordinary use of color, shape, and texture. After studying every picture, I’m ready to replicate it myself!”

—Dana Cowin, journalist and former editor in chief of Food & Wine Magazine

“Cook Beautiful is a stunning reminder to look at our plates and market baskets with fresh eyes and an appreciation for the bounty of each season. Athena’s thoughtful kitchen insight and artful approach lure you with every recipe. I dare you to resist her call to get cooking!”

—Gail Simmons, food critic, TV host, and author of Bringing It Home

“Athena’s warmth, curiosity, and beauty are effortlessly translated into everything she creates, making our mouths water and eyes swoon in Cook Beautiful!”

—Carolyn Murphy, supermodel and Shinola creative consultant

“In Cook Beautiful, Athena teaches aspiring home chefs how to prepare meals that are not only beautiful, but also nourishing for the body and soul.”

—Lauren Bush, CEO and founder of FEED

“Style and beauty are what Athena brings to anything she does. She is one of these magicians that make you wonder how it’s done, but then she’s also the great friend who will explain to you how to do it. And you’re like ‘I can’t believe it was that simple!’—the nature of inspiration, in other words!”

— Garance Doré, bestselling author and illustrator

“Athena’s delicate modern take on design shines through all she does and particularly in her culinary efforts. I love Cook Beautiful — it’s full of unexpected but delicious ingredient profiles and colorful veggie options.


Beauty in the Unexpected: Asylum Turned Dining Destination - Recipes

“Athena’s cooking is as stylish as she is—if only I could dress as good as she cooks.”

—Laura Brown, editor in chief of InStyle

“There’s a reason we all snap photos of our food these days—it’s gorgeous. Or at least it should be. Just follow Athena Calderone, who proves that simple, delicious dishes can look as good as they taste.’

— Adam Rapport, editor in chief of Bon Appétit

“I love how Athena always sees the beauty in food. It’s a treat to have an entire book that reflects her amazing vision—and one that’s filled with so many incredible recipes.”

—Kerry Diamond, editorial director of Cherry Bombe

“I’ve always admired Athena as a friend and visionary. Her balance and focus on ingredients make her so good at what she does, and now they’ve finally come together so perfectly in this book. She sure can cook beautiful!”

—Dan Kluger, James Beard Award–nominated chef and owner of Loring Place

“We’ve all swooned over Athena Calderone’s impeccable style, and now she shares her secrets to making her food—and table—so gorgeous. The inspiring tips in Cook Beautiful will help you create a feast for the eyes, so you can entertain on an entirely new level.”

—Christine Muhlke, editor at large, Bon Appétit

“Athena has the Midas touch: Give her simple ingredients and she will create elegant, memorable meals that are familiar but flawless. She understands the art of cooking beautifully, and the food in her mouthwatering manifesto is truly gold.”

—Daphne Oz, bestselling author, cohost of The Chew

“This book is the closest thing to dining at Athena’s home, an experience I cherish as it’s always full of laughter, beauty, and incredible food. In Cook Beautiful, Athena thoughtfully guides readers through the seasons and shows how a little effort in entertaining can create truly special memories.”

—Nate Berkus, interior designer, product designer, and bestselling author

“In Cook Beautiful, Athena Calderone unites her twin passions of cooking and styling. Her glorious food takes on a magnificent, almost otherworldly, loveliness through an extraordinary use of color, shape, and texture. After studying every picture, I’m ready to replicate it myself!”

—Dana Cowin, journalist and former editor in chief of Food & Wine Magazine

“Cook Beautiful is a stunning reminder to look at our plates and market baskets with fresh eyes and an appreciation for the bounty of each season. Athena’s thoughtful kitchen insight and artful approach lure you with every recipe. I dare you to resist her call to get cooking!”

—Gail Simmons, food critic, TV host, and author of Bringing It Home

“Athena’s warmth, curiosity, and beauty are effortlessly translated into everything she creates, making our mouths water and eyes swoon in Cook Beautiful!”

—Carolyn Murphy, supermodel and Shinola creative consultant

“In Cook Beautiful, Athena teaches aspiring home chefs how to prepare meals that are not only beautiful, but also nourishing for the body and soul.”

—Lauren Bush, CEO and founder of FEED

“Style and beauty are what Athena brings to anything she does. She is one of these magicians that make you wonder how it’s done, but then she’s also the great friend who will explain to you how to do it. And you’re like ‘I can’t believe it was that simple!’—the nature of inspiration, in other words!”

— Garance Doré, bestselling author and illustrator

“Athena’s delicate modern take on design shines through all she does and particularly in her culinary efforts. I love Cook Beautiful — it’s full of unexpected but delicious ingredient profiles and colorful veggie options.


Beauty in the Unexpected: Asylum Turned Dining Destination - Recipes

“Athena’s cooking is as stylish as she is—if only I could dress as good as she cooks.”

—Laura Brown, editor in chief of InStyle

“There’s a reason we all snap photos of our food these days—it’s gorgeous. Or at least it should be. Just follow Athena Calderone, who proves that simple, delicious dishes can look as good as they taste.’

— Adam Rapport, editor in chief of Bon Appétit

“I love how Athena always sees the beauty in food. It’s a treat to have an entire book that reflects her amazing vision—and one that’s filled with so many incredible recipes.”

—Kerry Diamond, editorial director of Cherry Bombe

“I’ve always admired Athena as a friend and visionary. Her balance and focus on ingredients make her so good at what she does, and now they’ve finally come together so perfectly in this book. She sure can cook beautiful!”

—Dan Kluger, James Beard Award–nominated chef and owner of Loring Place

“We’ve all swooned over Athena Calderone’s impeccable style, and now she shares her secrets to making her food—and table—so gorgeous. The inspiring tips in Cook Beautiful will help you create a feast for the eyes, so you can entertain on an entirely new level.”

—Christine Muhlke, editor at large, Bon Appétit

“Athena has the Midas touch: Give her simple ingredients and she will create elegant, memorable meals that are familiar but flawless. She understands the art of cooking beautifully, and the food in her mouthwatering manifesto is truly gold.”

—Daphne Oz, bestselling author, cohost of The Chew

“This book is the closest thing to dining at Athena’s home, an experience I cherish as it’s always full of laughter, beauty, and incredible food. In Cook Beautiful, Athena thoughtfully guides readers through the seasons and shows how a little effort in entertaining can create truly special memories.”

—Nate Berkus, interior designer, product designer, and bestselling author

“In Cook Beautiful, Athena Calderone unites her twin passions of cooking and styling. Her glorious food takes on a magnificent, almost otherworldly, loveliness through an extraordinary use of color, shape, and texture. After studying every picture, I’m ready to replicate it myself!”

—Dana Cowin, journalist and former editor in chief of Food & Wine Magazine

“Cook Beautiful is a stunning reminder to look at our plates and market baskets with fresh eyes and an appreciation for the bounty of each season. Athena’s thoughtful kitchen insight and artful approach lure you with every recipe. I dare you to resist her call to get cooking!”

—Gail Simmons, food critic, TV host, and author of Bringing It Home

“Athena’s warmth, curiosity, and beauty are effortlessly translated into everything she creates, making our mouths water and eyes swoon in Cook Beautiful!”

—Carolyn Murphy, supermodel and Shinola creative consultant

“In Cook Beautiful, Athena teaches aspiring home chefs how to prepare meals that are not only beautiful, but also nourishing for the body and soul.”

—Lauren Bush, CEO and founder of FEED

“Style and beauty are what Athena brings to anything she does. She is one of these magicians that make you wonder how it’s done, but then she’s also the great friend who will explain to you how to do it. And you’re like ‘I can’t believe it was that simple!’—the nature of inspiration, in other words!”

— Garance Doré, bestselling author and illustrator

“Athena’s delicate modern take on design shines through all she does and particularly in her culinary efforts. I love Cook Beautiful — it’s full of unexpected but delicious ingredient profiles and colorful veggie options.


Beauty in the Unexpected: Asylum Turned Dining Destination - Recipes

“Athena’s cooking is as stylish as she is—if only I could dress as good as she cooks.”

—Laura Brown, editor in chief of InStyle

“There’s a reason we all snap photos of our food these days—it’s gorgeous. Or at least it should be. Just follow Athena Calderone, who proves that simple, delicious dishes can look as good as they taste.’

— Adam Rapport, editor in chief of Bon Appétit

“I love how Athena always sees the beauty in food. It’s a treat to have an entire book that reflects her amazing vision—and one that’s filled with so many incredible recipes.”

—Kerry Diamond, editorial director of Cherry Bombe

“I’ve always admired Athena as a friend and visionary. Her balance and focus on ingredients make her so good at what she does, and now they’ve finally come together so perfectly in this book. She sure can cook beautiful!”

—Dan Kluger, James Beard Award–nominated chef and owner of Loring Place

“We’ve all swooned over Athena Calderone’s impeccable style, and now she shares her secrets to making her food—and table—so gorgeous. The inspiring tips in Cook Beautiful will help you create a feast for the eyes, so you can entertain on an entirely new level.”

—Christine Muhlke, editor at large, Bon Appétit

“Athena has the Midas touch: Give her simple ingredients and she will create elegant, memorable meals that are familiar but flawless. She understands the art of cooking beautifully, and the food in her mouthwatering manifesto is truly gold.”

—Daphne Oz, bestselling author, cohost of The Chew

“This book is the closest thing to dining at Athena’s home, an experience I cherish as it’s always full of laughter, beauty, and incredible food. In Cook Beautiful, Athena thoughtfully guides readers through the seasons and shows how a little effort in entertaining can create truly special memories.”

—Nate Berkus, interior designer, product designer, and bestselling author

“In Cook Beautiful, Athena Calderone unites her twin passions of cooking and styling. Her glorious food takes on a magnificent, almost otherworldly, loveliness through an extraordinary use of color, shape, and texture. After studying every picture, I’m ready to replicate it myself!”

—Dana Cowin, journalist and former editor in chief of Food & Wine Magazine

“Cook Beautiful is a stunning reminder to look at our plates and market baskets with fresh eyes and an appreciation for the bounty of each season. Athena’s thoughtful kitchen insight and artful approach lure you with every recipe. I dare you to resist her call to get cooking!”

—Gail Simmons, food critic, TV host, and author of Bringing It Home

“Athena’s warmth, curiosity, and beauty are effortlessly translated into everything she creates, making our mouths water and eyes swoon in Cook Beautiful!”

—Carolyn Murphy, supermodel and Shinola creative consultant

“In Cook Beautiful, Athena teaches aspiring home chefs how to prepare meals that are not only beautiful, but also nourishing for the body and soul.”

—Lauren Bush, CEO and founder of FEED

“Style and beauty are what Athena brings to anything she does. She is one of these magicians that make you wonder how it’s done, but then she’s also the great friend who will explain to you how to do it. And you’re like ‘I can’t believe it was that simple!’—the nature of inspiration, in other words!”

— Garance Doré, bestselling author and illustrator

“Athena’s delicate modern take on design shines through all she does and particularly in her culinary efforts. I love Cook Beautiful — it’s full of unexpected but delicious ingredient profiles and colorful veggie options.


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“Athena’s cooking is as stylish as she is—if only I could dress as good as she cooks.”

—Laura Brown, editor in chief of InStyle

“There’s a reason we all snap photos of our food these days—it’s gorgeous. Or at least it should be. Just follow Athena Calderone, who proves that simple, delicious dishes can look as good as they taste.’

— Adam Rapport, editor in chief of Bon Appétit

“I love how Athena always sees the beauty in food. It’s a treat to have an entire book that reflects her amazing vision—and one that’s filled with so many incredible recipes.”

—Kerry Diamond, editorial director of Cherry Bombe

“I’ve always admired Athena as a friend and visionary. Her balance and focus on ingredients make her so good at what she does, and now they’ve finally come together so perfectly in this book. She sure can cook beautiful!”

—Dan Kluger, James Beard Award–nominated chef and owner of Loring Place

“We’ve all swooned over Athena Calderone’s impeccable style, and now she shares her secrets to making her food—and table—so gorgeous. The inspiring tips in Cook Beautiful will help you create a feast for the eyes, so you can entertain on an entirely new level.”

—Christine Muhlke, editor at large, Bon Appétit

“Athena has the Midas touch: Give her simple ingredients and she will create elegant, memorable meals that are familiar but flawless. She understands the art of cooking beautifully, and the food in her mouthwatering manifesto is truly gold.”

—Daphne Oz, bestselling author, cohost of The Chew

“This book is the closest thing to dining at Athena’s home, an experience I cherish as it’s always full of laughter, beauty, and incredible food. In Cook Beautiful, Athena thoughtfully guides readers through the seasons and shows how a little effort in entertaining can create truly special memories.”

—Nate Berkus, interior designer, product designer, and bestselling author

“In Cook Beautiful, Athena Calderone unites her twin passions of cooking and styling. Her glorious food takes on a magnificent, almost otherworldly, loveliness through an extraordinary use of color, shape, and texture. After studying every picture, I’m ready to replicate it myself!”

—Dana Cowin, journalist and former editor in chief of Food & Wine Magazine

“Cook Beautiful is a stunning reminder to look at our plates and market baskets with fresh eyes and an appreciation for the bounty of each season. Athena’s thoughtful kitchen insight and artful approach lure you with every recipe. I dare you to resist her call to get cooking!”

—Gail Simmons, food critic, TV host, and author of Bringing It Home

“Athena’s warmth, curiosity, and beauty are effortlessly translated into everything she creates, making our mouths water and eyes swoon in Cook Beautiful!”

—Carolyn Murphy, supermodel and Shinola creative consultant

“In Cook Beautiful, Athena teaches aspiring home chefs how to prepare meals that are not only beautiful, but also nourishing for the body and soul.”

—Lauren Bush, CEO and founder of FEED

“Style and beauty are what Athena brings to anything she does. She is one of these magicians that make you wonder how it’s done, but then she’s also the great friend who will explain to you how to do it. And you’re like ‘I can’t believe it was that simple!’—the nature of inspiration, in other words!”

— Garance Doré, bestselling author and illustrator

“Athena’s delicate modern take on design shines through all she does and particularly in her culinary efforts. I love Cook Beautiful — it’s full of unexpected but delicious ingredient profiles and colorful veggie options.


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